There’s no doubt that 2012 was a fantastic year for music. From Gentle Whale’s sophomore effort to the amazing debut by Ginster Pye, both of which appeared on almost every end-of-year list, there has been much to admire. Could 2013 possibly get close? It would appear to be a tall order.
Before we get too gloomy however Every Record Tells A Story has had it’s ear to the (under)ground and has found the following music sensations who will rock your world in the coming year. Look out for the following acts – they all show a similar amount of promise and thanks to this article you are likely to see more of them in 2013 than you did in 2012:
Ken Dodd’s Dad’s Dog’s Dead
This Runcorn based indie band has an appealing mix of Sonic Youth meets The Fall meets Napalm Death. First single Rotting Teeth has a Morrissey tinged vibe and lead singer Croydon Grim is achieving rave reviews for his stage act which combines flower arranging with an unusual approach to car maintenance.
This nu-art-garage rock three piece from South Detroit consist of Jack Wednesday on vocals / guitar, Meg Wednesday on drums and Wednesday Wednesday on bass. All three were born on a Wednesday, hence the name of the band. Their debut album – entitled Wednesday – is a blend of White-Stripes-meets-Fun-Boy-Three and is on the bands own Wednesday Record Label.
The album is out on Monday.
This Shoreditch based two piece recently played a residency at hip East London bar The Sheriff of Deputy Dog, which is only accessible (via password) through the door of an oversized Hotpoint Washing Machine. Their first single Djimmy Savile was released on a gold 6″ vinyl single limited to just seven copies. Their as-yet unrecorded debut album is already tipped to win a Mercury Prize in 2014.
This Tweed-Metal band come from Bridgend in Wales and release their first single Cabbage in January, a song described by Kerrang! last month as “Total death: beyond Slayer”. Lead singer Grave Owl lost his battle against halitosis recently, but the band are still hoping to tour without him in the spring.
Foul mouthed rapper Petunia 4×4 (pronounced Four-Ex-Four) recently caused a furore when she compared the prime minister’s wife to a “smack hoe”. When she explained she was referring to a gardening implement, and that her hero was Kim Wilde, people lost interest.
14 year old singer songwriter Bucket has built up a huge following on social media site Shyster. He has been described as a “less ginger” Ed Sheeran. His first single “Why Do Nice Girls Hate Me” is a new high in the post-adolescent angst scene.
Leeds-based waistcoat-indie band The Growlers hit the headlines this year when they referred to Noel Gallagher as looking like Paul Weller on doughnuts. But they have the tunes to back up the sound bites. New Single Landfill was described by AA Gill as a breath of stale air in a room full of Oxygen.
Chair of Urine
Ever since an unprecedented appearance on the cover of The Wasp Magazine before having a record deal, or indeed any instruments, record companies have been swarming round grink-rockers CoU. They all live together in a squat in Vauxhall, and lead single Mvppet Chvrch is a basket full of noise.
Sixteen year old Jessie has been writing Top Thirty hits for big acts like The Saturdays and Mumford and Sons since she was just eleven years old. She is now launching a solo career, backed by Norwegian Ace-pop producers Xenophobia (The team behind mega hits for The Rhubarb Crew and Spanish X-Factor winners Xomo-S). Her debut album “Yippee” is released on EMI in March.
Flori Hakkansen and her Hasht#g crew have made a significant impression with their unique approach to the folk-grime world in 2012: Her mini haikus (all song lyrics contain less than 140 characters) have set new standards for brevity. Surely 2013 will be her year?
Have you heard any of the above? Have I missed any promising acts that you know will be huge in 2013? Perhaps you have heard a band or artist that deserve a wider audience? If so, please leave a comment below…
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